Free Spirit • Globally Conscience • Whimsical
Passionate • Ireverent • Unique
Like her diverse multi-cultural background, Paige Padgett has never fit into a particular pre-made mold. She follows her instincts and her heart. At the mere age of 12 she announced to her family that she was no longer eating red meat. Ironically, her half-Cherokee grandfather was a cattle rancher. So it was not surprising that when beauty experts said she couldn't provide safe and eco-friendly makeup artistry and still create beautiful faces, she set out to prove them wrong— and did. Paige has never been afraid to go against the grain.
Growing up in Modesto California, Paige received early creative influence from her mother; her first beauty icon and a great source of inspiration. "I watched her put on smokey eye makeup, platinum wigs and fabulous dresses to go out dancing. She was a great dancer. She was so beautiful." Paige was close to many members of her family including her Aunt, who was one of the top hair stylists in Fresno. Paige spent countless hours at the salon. "My aunt gave me the trendiest hair cuts and I sat for hours at the makeup counter and played with the color. That was my favorite thing to do. It was magical. It was there, at age 12, that I learned my first makeup secret - how to pop the brow bone with fuchsia eye shadow. It was the 80's and makeup was bold" At age 18, while working as an editorial assistant for Palm Springs Life Magazine, she was given a shot at doing the makeup for an editorial. She didn't know it then, but that was a defining moment in her future career. While working for the magazine, Paige decided she wanted to become a journalist. For the next few years she pursued that dream working in print, radio and television news. But Paige quickly found that corporate America wasn't for her. She wanted to be more creative and have an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Most of all, she wanted an education. "I knew I wanted an entreprenurial lifestyle in a creative industry, but I felt it was important to get a degree first. Education has always been a priority for me."
She moved to Los Angeles to begin her studies and in 1997 put herself through UCLA. She enrolled in the World Arts and Cultures Department (WAC) where she studied Dance and Cultural Studies. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 2000 she went on to get her Aestethicans license. She spent four years at Piero Salon in Santa Monica specializing in eyebrow sculpting and makeup. It was while at Piero that Paige decided to return to her roots and begin providing makeup services to her clientele. In the next few years, Paige honed her makeup artistry skills as a freelance artist for Bobbi Brown and Smashbox; she did fashion shows for Diane von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka and Agent Provocateur; and catalog, advertising and commercial work for Nike, Gateway, Sony, The National Dairy Council, Libertas and Zola Hats.
In 2005, while working on a photo shoot for fashion designer Randolph Duke's book THE LOOK - A Guide to Dressing from the Inside Out, Paige was already planning her own "green" cosmetic line. After seeing Randolph Duke's success on HSN, she mentioned her makeup idea to him. As luck would have it, Duke was already in talks with HSN for a makeup line. He brought Paige on as a consultant and they launched "The Look Book" by Randolph Duke in April 2006. She offered her expertise in trend prediction and forecasting, color selection and created the "Looks" that tie in each palette to Randolph Duke's clothing collections. The all-in-one-kit included nine eye shadows, two blushes and three lip glosses. All 1,500 kits sold out in less than 8 minutes. The palette for May was also extremely successful and lead to developing four more palettes for fall 2006.
In spring 2007, Paige was approached by one of her clients to do makeup for the gorgeous, show-no-mercy trainer, Jillian Michaels of NBC's hit reality show "The Biggest Loser." The following season, as the show's key makeup artist, Paige began doing makeup for the Zen-like trainer Bob Harper as well. Her relationship with Jillian extended further to become Jillian Michael's personal makeup artist and beauty expert on the jillianmichaels.com website where Paige writes an eco-friendly beauty column. Her monthly column, titled "Looking Good, Feeling Great with Paige" launched in January 2008. She is often sought out by the press as a green beauty expert and has been quoted in Self, Vegetarian Times, Women's Health, Natural Health, and India West. In addition, she is a contributing writer for Les Nouvelles Esthetique & Spa.
Paige creates luminous, polished faces. "Everything is diffused, soft and youthful." Her signature look juxtaposes textures on the skin. To get that dewy, reflective look she is so well known for she works with creams, gels and glosses. "By layering them the face becomes dynamic." Known for her eco friendly beauty expertise, fresh artistry, outgoing personality and strong work ethic Paige is consistently requested for consulting and artistry for print, television, runway and red carpet events.